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Solar power flexes some muscle - Global plane journey plans released

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:11 am

The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that is set to travel across the globe, using a healthy dose of vitamin D as its only power source. Last year the plans were revealed by the team behind this massive project, set to travel the whole distance without refueling.




The route of travel has now been revealed, set for kick-off in March 2015. Starting in Abu Dhabi, this aircraft will transgress the globe, stopping first in Asia, followed by America, southern Europe and Northern Africa. These pit-stops are described as refueling breaks for the staff and crew on board, not actually for the plane itself.


Coming in at 4850 lbs and with a 236 ft wingspan, this aircraft is a beauty to witness. Powered by 17,000 solar panels which charge a 2072 lb lithium battery, this plane will soar through the sky at an average cruising speed of 88 mph.

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eBay to cut 2400 jobs - PayPal isn't safe either

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:57 am

With 2400 jobs on the line globally, cuts are said to be happening across multiple positions including the eBay sister company, PayPal. Set to start this quarter, the cuts were revealed in its fourth quarter results which were published today.




These cuts make up for 7 percent of their total workforce, with this move being described by IT News "as a cost-cutting measure ahead of the planned spin-off of its PayPal payments division."


eBay are also allegedly offering up their enterprise unit for potential sale or public offering, claiming this division doesn't fit in with the payment (PayPal) or marketplace (eBay) units.

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How high can you stack? HAF stacker mods build in popularity

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:34 pm

Not long ago, we covered GGF LAN and their Cooler Master HAF stacker monster-mash, packed with GTX 780's in SLI and tied in with a ASUS Maximus VI Formula motherboard. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more impressive, take a look at this amazing build by 'Corsaronero333'.




Also featuring a 7-series NVIDIA video card, this heavily modified build also packs a fully custom liquid cooling setup and a front panel design that looks like a space-age futuristic fan. Topped off with a brushed aluminum exterior, there really isn't much more to say about this case - just let the pictures blow you away.

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Almost a mini-Segway, check out the Onewheel

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:06 pm

Said to be current technologies' answer to the hover board, Onewheel is some sort of Segway, skateboard and hover board mix. Propelled by a brushless hub motor utilizing only one moving part, simply lean forward to start your journey - no kicking needed.



What's even cooler is the ability to go off-road - thanks to the larger sized, air-filled tire, the Onewheel can handle all types of terrain for whatever adventures you have in mind.


Complete with lithium iron phosphate batteries for extended ride-times and an 'ultra charger' that claims to fill them from empty to 100% in "well under an hour" (later confirmed as 20 minutes), this project is also completely self-balancing - much like a Segway. Now you can see how we came to our explanation above: Self-propelling and balancing like a Segway, board and stance similar to a skateboard and the versatility of a hover board.

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Report: Nearly all US weapons systems in 2014 faced security issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:08 pm

The US government has increased concerns related to cybersecurity, and a new report compiled by Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), likely won't help alleviate those worries. In the published 366-page report, it was discovered that almost all U.S. weapons programs tested during 2014 faced "significant vulnerabilities" related to cyberattacks.




Problems included unpatched and aging software, misconfigured network protocols, and similar issues - opening the door to potential security concerns.


"Cyber adversaries have become as serious a threat to U.S. military forces as the air, land, sea and undersea threats represented in operational testing for decades," according to the report. "The continued development of advanced cyber intrusion techniques makes it likely that determined cyber adversaries can acquire a foothold in most (Department of Defense) networks, and could be in a position to degrade important DOD missions when and if they chose to."

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Business leaders increasingly concerned regarding IoT security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:36 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems like something unavoidable, but business leaders have concerns related to privacy and security, and questionable return on investment. There is great optimism mixed with various concerns that companies have shown while research IoT solutions for their workplace.




As part of its IoT survey, Business Insider found 39 percent of business leaders have "concerns about the privacy and security aspects of the IoT," while 27 percent believe IoT has "questionable ROI." Despite these concerns, 62 percent of executives have plans to adopt IoT-based systems or have already deployed at least one IoT platform.


With billions of smart devices powered by IoT expected to invade our homes, apartments, and offices, IoT creators are trying to sort themselves out - and provide a majority-backed platform - before potential fragmentation sinks interest among consumers and business leaders.

Microsoft unveils Windows Holographic, introduces HoloLens wearable

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:25 pm

Microsoft publicly unveiled the Windows Holographic and its HoloLens augmented reality headset - and every Windows 10 device will have holographic user interface support.




The HoloLens headset utilizes an onboard CPU and GPU, with a processing chip custom engineered to support augmented reality. In addition to being able to visually see the augmented reality environment, the HoloLens has a speaker unit providing another level of interactivity.


"Holographic computing enabled by Windows 10 is here," said Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft, during a Windows 10 event at its Redmond office. "Oculus, Magic Leap, Glass developers, and everyone else - we humbly invite you to come create Holograms with us."

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Elder Scrolls Online scraps subscription for PC, Xbox One, PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:48 pm

The Elder Scrolls Online video game from Bethesda will be released for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One on June 9. Bethesda also announced the game won't require a monthly subscription to play, so PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers will be able to save a few bucks per month.




The PC version of the game will be released on March 17, with current players migrated to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.


However, those interested in ESO Plus will still have access to "exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of Crows to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs while a member."

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Xbox games will stream, and be controlled, with any Windows 10 device

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:35 pm

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will allow users to stream any Xbox One game onto any Windows 10 PC or tablet, and play it from there.




The demo included the presenter playing Forza on the Surface, Microsoft's tablet, but the game was actually running on an Xbox console. This will allow the power of the console's graphics on small devices that would not be able to play the games.

Microsoft: Windows 10 will be free upgrade for Windows 7, 8/8.1 users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:15 pm

As previously rumored, Microsoft plans to make Windows 10 a free upgrade to current Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows Phone users. The promotion is available only during the first year of release for 10, and is designed to help spur adoption to the new operating system.




Windows 10 is scheduled for release before the year, and hardware OEMs and users are cautiously optimistic about the new OS. It appears Microsoft is serious about taking an updated approach to Windows 10, providing a frequently updated, subscription-based strategy.


"Overall we know that about only 10% of computers are running Windows 8 and the adoption rate among companies is similar or lower," said Frank Gillett, analyst with the Forrester Research group, in a statement to BBC. "Developers are not paying much attention to Windows for mass market consumer apps, and you could even argue that for enterprise software most of the energy is going into mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets."

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